Robert L. Mears Appointed Director of Retirement Administration Agency

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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March 31, 2008

Robert L. Mears Appointed Director of Fairfax County Retirement Administration Agency

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Robert L. Mears as director of the Retirement Administration Agency, effective May 5.

The Retirement Administration Agency manages three separate defined benefit retirement systems: county employees, police officers and uniformed.

Mears has served as the director of the Fairfax County Department of Finance since 1999. He is also treasurer and Investment Committee chairman of the Fairfax County Employees’ Retirement System; treasurer of the Fairfax County Police Officers Retirement System; and treasurer of the Uniformed Retirement System. In 2002, Mears was the recipient of Fairfax County’s Managerial Excellence Award.

From 1989 to 1999, Mears served as the director of finance of the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). During his tenure with FCPS, Mears served as vice chairman and Investment Committee chairman of the Fairfax County Employees’ Retirement System and treasurer of the Educational Employees’ Supplementary Retirement System. He joined the FCPS staff in 1986 as budget coordinator following five years of service with Fairfax County government as a management analyst.

Mears is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

Mears will receive an annual salary of $175,000.

For more information on the Retirement Administration Agency, visit


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